Originally Posted by crainger
Yep. great upgrade for those who are on Q6600s, everyone else on X58 should stop whining like little girls and wait for the high end stuff and enjoy the butt load of games out right now that run so well on their still upto date systems.
I believe it's also GREAT upgrade for most people with the X58 set-up. For example the i7-2600K & i5-2500K is much faster than i7-920 in every application incluiding games (based on the AnandTech charts).
Plus the i7-2600K & i5-2500K use less power, run cooler and OC better. As AnandTech said in the review conclusion "Sandy Bridge all but puts the final nail in X58's coffin".
I doubt many people with the i7-920 or less set up will buy more expensive "high end stuff"
so what is there to wait for or complain about.
One more time from the AnandTech review
Lynnfield took away a lot of the reason to buy an X58 system as it delivered most of the performance with much more affordable motherboards; Sandy Bridge all but puts the final nail in X58's coffin. Unless you're running a lot of heavily threaded applications, I would recommend a Core i7-2600K over even a Core i7-980X. While six cores are nice, you're better off pocketing the difference in cost and enjoying nearly the same performance across the board (if not better in many cases).
In all but the heaviest threaded applications, Sandy Bridge is the fastest chip on the block—and you get the performance at a fairly reasonable price. The Core i7-2600K is tempting at $317 but the Core i5-2500K is absolutely a steal at $216. You're getting nearly $999 worth of performance at roughly a quarter of the cost.